Whimsy & Artifice are creating fantasy fiction, games, blog posts and podcasts
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$363
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Hi! We're Aly and Drew. We're married, and we are both writers, performers, and podcasters. Together, we've decided to become Whimsy & Artifice, a creative hub for the fantastic, the interactive, and the nostalgic.

Who Are We and What Are We Doing?

  • Aly is a writer! She has several short stories out in the wild, and she published her first novel, "On The Isle of Sound and Wonder," in 2014. She co-hosts a podcast called Get Hype! with Mel Fox. She records audiobooks and is getting into other branches of voice acting. She also occasionally live-tweets her first time watching iconic science-fiction movies (#SciFiForTheFirstTime).
  • Drew is a longtime GM and in 2017 he was a finalist in the 200 Word RPG contest for his entry "Happily Ever Maybe." He has several other RPG works-in-progress, including a surprisingly gritty garden gnome survival game and a multi-layered steampunk/dieselpunk airship game. He writes freelance for Shadowrun (yes, that Shadowrun!).

We are currently delving into a world we've created all on our own, working together to build a well-rounded, thoroughly developed fantasy world called Warda, where various diverse races of fey are the ruling classes and humans are the lowest of the low. An Edwardian-aesthetic realm with tamed magic, scheduled weather, and a lot of social intrigue to deal with. It's a Game of Thrones meets Downton Abbey sort of feel, with a thousand stories to tell.

The History of Warda

  • January 2016 - the first ideas for Warda were brainstormed while Drew and Aly stood in line for the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.
  • March 2016 - the very first roleplaying game set in Warda began. This game is called Winds of Change. They sat down to play and explore with several friends, and recorded the games on a single mic for posterity.
  • May 2017 - James D'Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network approaches Aly and Drew about hosting a weekly live stream game on Twitch. They agree, and quickly cast and create Curiosities, which airs weekly on Tuesday nights.
  • July 2017 - the official Warda podcast launches! It includes the Curiosities storyline divided into hour-long (ish) chapters with added music and intros/outros.
  • September 2017 - Curiosities ends. Aly and Drew forge ahead with an anthology-style set of one shot episodes on Twitch called Glimpses.
  • October 2017 - Glimpses ends.
  • November 2017 - Aly and Drew move from Chicago to Orlando. Aly writes several short stories and scenes from Warda featuring a number of characters, set to be early-access Patreon content as she works through editing and revising them.
  • January 2018 - the first chapters of Winds of Change are released to the Patreon. The public podcast will line up with Winds of Change in approximately April of 2018. Aly and Drew are also asked to officially join the One Shot Podcast Network with Warda!

Our Goals with Patreon

Patreon is a way for people to directly contribute to our creative pursuits AND directly influence the choices we make in storytelling, structure, and future outcomes. During the live stream sessions, Patreon patrons were able to vote weekly on Plot Twist Polls, help us explore the world through Getting To Know You questions, and more. Although at this time the live stream is on extended hiatus for Warda, we hope to return to that weekly activity in the future. Patreon can help us get that equipment, pay our performers, and finagle fees for other necessary logistics.

Currently, the podcast is following all of our previous storylines and one-shots. In April, Winds of Change will take over as the primary storyline (although it was played first in real world time, the story takes place ten years after Curiosities!). We intend to create and cast a NEW storyline to follow Winds of Change in the fall of 2018 if possible. Even if we aren't able to do live streams with it right away, we want to have a new campaign on the podcast by then.

We are also working on creating original game mechanics and a world book to publish and sell. Many people have approached us about wanting to play their own games in Warda - and we want to bring that to all of you. Although Fate has worked well for the previous games, we want to find our own path and create a totally new roleplaying experience not just with the world, but with the way you play in it. We intend to bring the game to playtest at Gen Con 2018, and your support will help get us there. 

By jumping in here to help us create and produce, you will be making a massive difference in both the outcome of these projects and our real life - so for that, we thank you.

Aly & Drew


Social Media links:

Aly:
Facebook.com/AuthorGrauer (book of faces!)
http://www.dreamstobecome.com/ (blawg!)
@dreamstobecome (tweeter and insta-graham!)

Drew:
@worldstoforge (tweeter)
@drewjetski (insta-graham)

Welcome To Warda:
http://www.welcometowarda.com/ (website and blog)
Facebook.com/WelcomeToWarda
@welcometowarda
Rewards
One and Done!
$1 or more per month 10 patrons
Thank you for your support. You gain access to new content early before we release it into the wild!
Includes Discord rewards
Sweet Three!
$3 or more per month 9 patrons
You get a vote in each week's Plot Twist Poll! Each week we will offer a plot point for you to decide. Your chosen plot point will show up in subsequent episodes of Warda.


You also get early access to all posts and podcast episodes.

Includes Discord rewards
Fantastic Five!
$5 or more per month 16 patrons
At this level you can build your character in the world of Warda (one character per person). This character now officially exists in the world! You're canon!


You also will have voting rights on plot points and early access to all posts.

Includes Discord rewards
10/10 Would Be Friends With You
$10 or more per month 15 patrons
You will build a Warda character, and they will make several appearances in canon material (short stories, the worldbook, and actual gameplay).


You will also have voting powers and early access to all posts!

Includes Discord rewards
Stayin' Alive at 25
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
You'll get ~1000 word short story about your Warda character! 


You'll also get all previous rewards including an in-game appearance (or several), voting powers, and early access.

Includes Discord rewards
Nifty 50
$50 or more per month 1 patron
We'll create a whole House of fey named after you in Warda. They will be awesome and totally canon.


You'll also get all previous rewards: pregame chat, short story, character cameo(s), voting powers, and early access.

Includes Discord rewards
75 FTW
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level we'll do an awesome special thing - a t-shirt maybe, or an enamel pin? EXCLUSIVE.


You also get the short story, custom House, voting powers, early access, etc etc.

Includes Discord rewards
100 Years of Badassitude!
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
YOU ARE AMAZING.


You get a custom ukulele ballad by Aly.


You also get a House named after you, pregame chat, short story, character cameos, voting powers, early access, and a partridge in a pear tree.


(Except without the partridge/pear tree.)

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$363 of $500 per month
Holy cannoli! This is fantastic! BRAND NEW MERCH for Warda will be released, designed by the brilliant t-shirt savant @hottestsingles! SUPER EXTRA BONUS TRACKS OF BLOOPERS will be released for Get Hype and a VERY SPECIAL UKULELE SONG VIDEO from Drew and Aly will be released for all of you!
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Hi! We're Aly and Drew. We're married, and we are both writers, performers, and podcasters. Together, we've decided to become Whimsy & Artifice, a creative hub for the fantastic, the interactive, and the nostalgic.

Who Are We and What Are We Doing?

  • Aly is a writer! She has several short stories out in the wild, and she published her first novel, "On The Isle of Sound and Wonder," in 2014. She co-hosts a podcast called Get Hype! with Mel Fox. She records audiobooks and is getting into other branches of voice acting. She also occasionally live-tweets her first time watching iconic science-fiction movies (#SciFiForTheFirstTime).
  • Drew is a longtime GM and in 2017 he was a finalist in the 200 Word RPG contest for his entry "Happily Ever Maybe." He has several other RPG works-in-progress, including a surprisingly gritty garden gnome survival game and a multi-layered steampunk/dieselpunk airship game. He writes freelance for Shadowrun (yes, that Shadowrun!).

We are currently delving into a world we've created all on our own, working together to build a well-rounded, thoroughly developed fantasy world called Warda, where various diverse races of fey are the ruling classes and humans are the lowest of the low. An Edwardian-aesthetic realm with tamed magic, scheduled weather, and a lot of social intrigue to deal with. It's a Game of Thrones meets Downton Abbey sort of feel, with a thousand stories to tell.

The History of Warda

  • January 2016 - the first ideas for Warda were brainstormed while Drew and Aly stood in line for the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.
  • March 2016 - the very first roleplaying game set in Warda began. This game is called Winds of Change. They sat down to play and explore with several friends, and recorded the games on a single mic for posterity.
  • May 2017 - James D'Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network approaches Aly and Drew about hosting a weekly live stream game on Twitch. They agree, and quickly cast and create Curiosities, which airs weekly on Tuesday nights.
  • July 2017 - the official Warda podcast launches! It includes the Curiosities storyline divided into hour-long (ish) chapters with added music and intros/outros.
  • September 2017 - Curiosities ends. Aly and Drew forge ahead with an anthology-style set of one shot episodes on Twitch called Glimpses.
  • October 2017 - Glimpses ends.
  • November 2017 - Aly and Drew move from Chicago to Orlando. Aly writes several short stories and scenes from Warda featuring a number of characters, set to be early-access Patreon content as she works through editing and revising them.
  • January 2018 - the first chapters of Winds of Change are released to the Patreon. The public podcast will line up with Winds of Change in approximately April of 2018. Aly and Drew are also asked to officially join the One Shot Podcast Network with Warda!

Our Goals with Patreon

Patreon is a way for people to directly contribute to our creative pursuits AND directly influence the choices we make in storytelling, structure, and future outcomes. During the live stream sessions, Patreon patrons were able to vote weekly on Plot Twist Polls, help us explore the world through Getting To Know You questions, and more. Although at this time the live stream is on extended hiatus for Warda, we hope to return to that weekly activity in the future. Patreon can help us get that equipment, pay our performers, and finagle fees for other necessary logistics.

Currently, the podcast is following all of our previous storylines and one-shots. In April, Winds of Change will take over as the primary storyline (although it was played first in real world time, the story takes place ten years after Curiosities!). We intend to create and cast a NEW storyline to follow Winds of Change in the fall of 2018 if possible. Even if we aren't able to do live streams with it right away, we want to have a new campaign on the podcast by then.

We are also working on creating original game mechanics and a world book to publish and sell. Many people have approached us about wanting to play their own games in Warda - and we want to bring that to all of you. Although Fate has worked well for the previous games, we want to find our own path and create a totally new roleplaying experience not just with the world, but with the way you play in it. We intend to bring the game to playtest at Gen Con 2018, and your support will help get us there. 

By jumping in here to help us create and produce, you will be making a massive difference in both the outcome of these projects and our real life - so for that, we thank you.

Aly & Drew


Social Media links:

Aly:
Facebook.com/AuthorGrauer (book of faces!)
http://www.dreamstobecome.com/ (blawg!)
@dreamstobecome (tweeter and insta-graham!)

Drew:
@worldstoforge (tweeter)
@drewjetski (insta-graham)

Welcome To Warda:
http://www.welcometowarda.com/ (website and blog)
Facebook.com/WelcomeToWarda
@welcometowarda

Recent posts by Whimsy & Artifice

Rewards
One and Done!
$1 or more per month 10 patrons
Thank you for your support. You gain access to new content early before we release it into the wild!
Includes Discord rewards
Sweet Three!
$3 or more per month 9 patrons
You get a vote in each week's Plot Twist Poll! Each week we will offer a plot point for you to decide. Your chosen plot point will show up in subsequent episodes of Warda.


You also get early access to all posts and podcast episodes.

Includes Discord rewards
Fantastic Five!
$5 or more per month 16 patrons
At this level you can build your character in the world of Warda (one character per person). This character now officially exists in the world! You're canon!


You also will have voting rights on plot points and early access to all posts.

Includes Discord rewards
10/10 Would Be Friends With You
$10 or more per month 15 patrons
You will build a Warda character, and they will make several appearances in canon material (short stories, the worldbook, and actual gameplay).


You will also have voting powers and early access to all posts!

Includes Discord rewards
Stayin' Alive at 25
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
You'll get ~1000 word short story about your Warda character! 


You'll also get all previous rewards including an in-game appearance (or several), voting powers, and early access.

Includes Discord rewards
Nifty 50
$50 or more per month 1 patron
We'll create a whole House of fey named after you in Warda. They will be awesome and totally canon.


You'll also get all previous rewards: pregame chat, short story, character cameo(s), voting powers, and early access.

Includes Discord rewards
75 FTW
$75 or more per month 0 patrons
At this level we'll do an awesome special thing - a t-shirt maybe, or an enamel pin? EXCLUSIVE.


You also get the short story, custom House, voting powers, early access, etc etc.

Includes Discord rewards
100 Years of Badassitude!
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
YOU ARE AMAZING.


You get a custom ukulele ballad by Aly.


You also get a House named after you, pregame chat, short story, character cameos, voting powers, early access, and a partridge in a pear tree.


(Except without the partridge/pear tree.)

Includes Discord rewards